Anyways, today's Clip 'n Save Reader File comes from a friend of mine that I think is just the nicest guy. So let's find out a little bit more...
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1. Name: Paladin
2. How long have you been collecting? Too long--probably...however, I got into seriously collecting in the early 90's when I stopped playing, I think I always loved action figures and such because they were like little statues and pieces of art.
3. What do you collect? Too much...I have a large collection of action figures, modern and vintage 80's properties such as G.I. Joe, Masters of the Universe and Transformers. I have a vast collection of Batman (Animated series, The Batman, and others). I also love Japanese Anime and have many DVD box sets and a selection of figures. I'm a Hatsune Miku and Black Rock Shooter fan (a fandom of these can get very costly)! I like a bunch of other random figures such as Voltron, Air Raiders and even some Monster High, Jem and whatever else catches my eye.
4. Any Toy Regrets? I do, my most depressing story--shared for the first time with your Dorkette readers. I worked for a big retailer for many years and at holiday time we got in a small selection of toys. I was opening boxes and filling the shelves and I had opened a case of "The Batman" figures. I despised the cartoon at the time (mid to late 2000's) and I thought nothing of the figures. I remember Penguin, Man-Bat, Firefly and Bane, I looked at them and said to myself, "kind of neat, but no." And I forever regretted it because over the last few years I've come to love "The Batman" and have been collecting the figures and paying up the nose for them because I was too stupid to not just pay retail with my store discount and let them sit until I realized how much I would love them. Now your question made me cry...LOL!!!
5. Favorite toy property (vintage or new) and why? I have to say G.I. Joe; both new and vintage--more-so new. I love the 2007 and after figures because of the details and the female figures having anatomically correct bodies. I love the articulation and the packaging is just great. I do not care for the Retaliation line though, but I'm not one of those people who has to get everything from a line, just what I really like. I liked the vintage so much because when I was a kid I could afford a couple at a time, the cost was just a few dollars and I really enjoyed them, I still have a bunch left even if they are a little worse for wear.
6. If you collect, where do you normally shop for your addiction? I think Ebay is where I get most of my stuff, the selection is best, however, and this will be free advertising, Bigbadtoystore.com has a good selection and decent prices. My biggest secret however is: bonanza.com/booths/toyrareum. Toyrareum has a great selection of vintage toys with great prices and service. All right, where is my big advertising payment...Just kidding.
7. Any upcoming products that got you super psyched? Currently, I'm settled with what is out on the market at the moment. With letting the Masters of the Universe subscription go next year, I'm planning to collect vintage such as more Air Raiders, continuing my M.A.S.K. collection from when I was a kid with some boxed items. I'm probably considering Bravestarr and returning to the costly collecting of Black Rock Shooter and Hatsune Miku.
8. Hollywood is finally making a female centered comic/sci-fi/super hero movie, quick, who do you hope it is? I'm a bit scared to say Jem because it'll be another slap-stick like Josie and The Pussycats. I love Archie comics (I have a huge collection of those too) so I wanted to see Josie and The Pussycats and I was pretty disappointed. So, if they get the originals from the cartoon to write a live-action Jem movie and let them do it their way without any stupid new character and slap-stick, it'll be great. The cartoon had such a great balance of action, adventure, drama and comedy that it was one of the best cartoons on TV for all ages and genders. I'd do a clean story based on the Starlight House and how the band is always broke and desperate because they put every penny into it. The last thing they should do is have one of them want to be rich and famous and leave or something that everyone would see coming. A surprise would be a serious story with a good balance. I'm tired of the band breaking up or selling out and learning in the end that friendship matters--its been done to death. But, if anything, Jem deserves a comeback even if they don't think its worth the money.
9. Which toyline/cartoon would you like to see get a comeback? Jem and the Holograms. Just like question #8; I think if they did the cartoon correctly, it could be a great continuation from the original. Most of the writers are still alive, so it wouldn't be hard to do. As for the dolls, well, $125 is pretty steep regardless of the quality, I'd go for something that normal people could afford, not just some people because they just want money and could care less about what they are selling.
10. Biggest thing that bugs you about collecting? The ridiculous costs from scalpers and sellers in general--yeah, I know everyone has to make money, but more often than not the prices become too over the top. I think that is one of the reasons that I call ebay an archive because it allows you to see and possibly learn about figures and toys even if you can never have them. Most millionaires don't collect toys, so good luck getting $5000 for something most people can't afford to buy.
11. Do you have a website and/or are part of a message board that you'd like to share? I've been with NERDSociety.com for a few years now, come in and enjoy, many different topics to choose from including toys, new and vintage, DVD reviews, comics, ect...something for everyone!
12. Share your photos and discuss a brief bit about what we are looking at!
Well thank you Paladin for wanting to answer the questionnaire and show off some of your collection! I am always impressed with the items in other people's collections. I love seeing everyones tastes on what they collect. Great answers too! Checking out other people's collections is fun, but also learning other people's perspectives and thoughts about all manners of collecting and what-not is just the best. I enjoy reading these questionnaires.
So let's keep these Clip 'n Save Reader Files going! If you are interested in taking the questionnaire and sharing some photos, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. You do not have to share your name; made up names are perfectly fine. Also I am always ready to add new questions to the questionnaire, so be sure to leave some feedback on other types of questions you'd like to see! So that is about it for now. I hope you are all doing well. Get ready though, Diary of a Dorkette is ready to announce a new Heroic Hottie for the month of September!